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Adam S.

Felton, CA

About Adam

I'm a Berklee graduate with a degree in music. I have over 15 years experience playing composing and performing. I will teach you guitar, piano or bass in any given style. I'm great with music theory and ear training, and will work to make you a better musician. I perform regularly around Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a firm believer in learning music through songs, and it's the student's favorite music that will keep the student motivated. I do my best to communicate my passion about music to the student. My lessons consist of ear training, sight-reading, and m
usic theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Teaching studio w/ guitar, piano, bass and amplifiers.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar, bass and amplifier if needed.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student
Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest
feedback rating from students.Fingerstyle Acoustic guitar
Classical Guitar
Electric Jazz and Funk Guitar
Rock.  Recording.
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Scott L. February 15, 2013
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Up for the challenge...

I am a professional musician, playing several different instruments and singing most of my life. I never picked up the guitar until a year ago. I'm not the traditional student who wants to learn rock 'n' roll, but am instead a lover of classical music. From day one, Adam worked with me to find out my skill level and taste in music. He challenged me to learn amazing pieces, played in finger style #I highly recommend#, and even taught me a few songs from the rock genre. Adam has a cool demeanor and makes learning guitar interesting and fun. What I learned from Adam in just a short time amazes me, and I know he can teach even the most challenging student.
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CarlosS June 25, 2012
Adam is charismatic, enthusiastic, super educated, and dedicated to teaching! He's a great professor overall and is always looking to find better ways to fit your learning style. I've had dozens of music instructors throughout my life and Adam is definitely one of the best!
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GabeP May 9, 2012
Absolutely Great!

Adam is an outstanding guitar instructor and makes learning lots of fun! He has a unique way of breaking down lessons to make playing enjoyable while understanding the fundamental concepts of musicianship. He rocks! (pun intended) :-)
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Adam S.

Adam S.

Felton, CA 95018
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starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Beverly B.

Sunnyvale, CA

With 30 years teaching experience, I help my students succeed in learning piano and theory and discovering the joys of playing all kinds of music. I help them stay on task and let them know what they need to do each week.

About Beverly

With 30 years teaching experience, I'm friendly and interested in helping my students succeed in learning piano and theory and discovering the joys of playing all kinds of music.
I hold a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. My students participate in 1 or 2 recitals per year and receive awards for doing so.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm an understanding, good-natured teacher but I do expect effort put forth by the student to practice and do theory. I try to have fun at the lesson and am patient. I use the Alfred series piano books. After 6 months, students will be playing
fun songs with both hands, and know the staff notes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated studio space. Full size upright piano. Lots of music and reference books. Small sofa for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students provide piano and books

*** Specialties ***
Alfred method, classical and pop books
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Adelina S. May 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Beverly is a great, patient teacher!
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Beverly B.

Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Linda C.

Campbell, CA

About Linda

I have been a public school music teacher for 30+ years. I am an optimistic, enthusiastic person, who will help you learn music reading in addition to music playing. I started on piano as a young child, and studied clarinet from elementary school through college, where I focused on french horn. I have a BA in Music Education from Humboldt State University, where I also earned my teaching credential. I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced band and orchestra, in addition to choir and jazz band. I have been music director for over 10 middle school musicals. In my spare time I enjoy my
two dogs, going horseback riding, and reading.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very friendly, and encouraging to new students. I have a lot of patience for those who are new to the study of music. I can also be more demanding for those who have learned the basics and want to improve their playing. I am a proponent of teaching the basics of music reading and common musical terms. I can teach music through a variety of curricula, and will work with my students to choose a method that best suits their goals. I have a large music studio in my home that has a separate entrance,which is conducive to music making (with it's own bathroom). I accept students 8 years of age and older.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has a keyboard, but no drum set

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer to teach in my home studio.

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching band, orchestra & choir in public schools for 30+ years.
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Benjamin R. July 2, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Our son had his first lesson today. Linda was patient and encouraging. She was knowledgeable and we were pleased to see her play her trumpet along with our son and model for him how to hold the trumpet and play properly.
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Rachel W. October 12, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I have absolutely been delighted with my teacher Linda. At almost 50 years old, I was apprehensive about learning to play a new instrument, but she is so welcoming and encouraging. I have been taking lesson since the summer, and I look forward to seeing her every week. Even if I don't get in as much practice as I would like, She is understanding of life's commitments and never makes me feel bad. And despite my MANY questions, she takes the time to explain in detail so I can understand and incorporate the lesson in my playing. I never feel rushed during my lesson and can't wait to surprise her the next week to show her how much I've learned..
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Katy B. December 16, 2013
French Horn
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher

Linda has been a wonderful teacher for my daughter as she learns the french horn. She is very kind and encouraging and gives great specific tips and suggestions. We love her!
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Linda C.

Campbell, CA 95008
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Lori S.

Santa Cruz, CA

I teach beginning piano, specializing in children age 6 and up.

About Lori

I am a singer and performer, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University. I have been singing since I was 10 years old, beginning with musical theater and then training as an opera singer, and currently perform in operas, musicals, and as a concert soloist in the bay area.
I love teaching all levels and all ages, and I will cater your private lesson to your current skill level. In lessons, we will work on breathing and vocal exercises, good posture and support, and the singing and performance of songs. Voice lessons will help you with confidenc
e, improve your range and posture, prepare you for auditions, solos, competitions, or even just for fun! Whether it is Broadway, classical, or folk singing, let me help you find your inner singer!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are based on the classical technique of singing which focuses on breath support, and works for any style of singing you are interested in. In lessons we will begin with a few breathing exercises and then do some vocal exercises. After the warm-up portion of the lesson we will move on to repertoire. If there is a specific piece you want to work on with me I am happy to help you with it, and otherwise I will recommend a repertoire book for you to buy depending on the style you are interested in.
Singing is a lot of fun, and I always want my students to have fun. I have a lot of energy, am very supportive, and will create an environment in which you can grow as a singer, performer, and musician. But remember, it will take some work and practice on your part to become a better musician. The voice is like any other muscle, and you must practice in order for it to grow stronger. With regular practice outside of lessons, you will see in a matter of months that your range will begin to expand, you will have better posture and breath support, better musicianship and an easier time learning new music, and even more confidence.

*** Specialties **

I am a trained opera and classical singer, with a background in musical theater, so I am comfortable teaching either style. If I am teaching classical, I can help with the diction and pronunciation of Italian, German, and French, as well as English I teach the basic singing technique involving breath control, and resonance, and posture, but I also like to balance that with stage presence and the performance of the music. I am also proficient in music theory and can teach or tutor music theory for high school or college students.

I love working with both children and adults. I am excellent with teaching musical theater to kids and teens, and getting them ready for auditions at their school or local theater companies. I teach all levels from beginning to advanced in voice. For piano, I only teach beginning and I specialize in teaching this level to children. I try to make it fun and incorporate basic music knowledge into the lessons.
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Kathleen H. April 9, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Lori is the best. My daughter is a singer-songwriter who has never had much formal training. As she approached her junior year in high school she announced that she would like to go to college for music. We toured her top choices and found out she needed some very specific skills she had not yet developed. Exasperated by her rejection of the instructors I found I told her to find her own instructor and let me know when she had. She found Lori online and we gave her a trial run. Lori is very talented skilled and patient. My daughter's singing and music theory abilities have soared since she began working with Lori. She got into her top school choice. One of the best music schools in the world for what she wants to do. I know Lori was a big part of making that possible.
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Danna M. December 29, 2013
Opera Voice
Verified Student
Musical training at its best

Lori is a marvelous teacher. She is skilled in her profession. With students she is patient and encouraging. I have made excellent headway as a singer in a short period of time.
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Lori S.

Lori S.

Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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John S.

Santa Cruz, CA

About John

I'm classically trained as a singer, and currently sing with L'harmonia, a quartet of soloists focusing on renaissance polyphony.

I have broad experience singing, playing piano, guitar, and drums, Korean instruments, and programming beats using computers. I'™m well versed in classical, popular, and world styles. As well as teaching instrumental techniques, I teach music theory and analysis, and coach composition to budding songwriters and electronic music producers.

I have a doctorate in music composition from UCSC, and have written a lot of music for a wide variety of instrumental and
vocal forces. I studied traditional music in Korea for one year on a research grant from the Korea Foundation. I also write songs in a pop/rock style, and compose electronic music for TV ads. I enjoy having a creative musical mind, and find great delight in the musical creativity of my students.

I'm a computer programmer in Python, Matlab, C, and other languages, having done back-end programming for a music app "JamBandit." I've put out my own music app, "œKey In" on Apple'™s app store, and will soon release a second, "Helixician."

Music is a great joy and pleasure in my life. It's very meaningful to me to help students gain skills and confidence so that they can realize their desire to be musical.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Logic
Reaktor
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Audacity

Piano
Guitar
Drum set

*** Specialties ***
Music composition
Songwriting
Singing
Piano
Music Theory
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Robert L. November 1, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
I appreciate John's patience and style in working with me on the Cello, given my issues with dexterity, range of motion and some memory deficits, as a result of a major stroke, of which I am thankful to have survived. It takes a special person with incredible patience like John, to be willing to take this journey with me, to a place where the healing power of music lives. I anticipate a great ride!
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Catherine C. March 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great Vocal Coach - he has helped me live my dream of singing (on my bucket list for years)

John is so tal'ented, plays multiple instruments, he's artistic and laid back (So Santa Cruz) and he helps me with breathing, posture, finding the right key for me, being able to put the emphasis where it belongs and just be comfortable expressing my inner self with confidence. I LOVE HIM! He is helping me live my dream. He lives right down the street from the beach so I can park on the overlook and practice singing along with my favorite artist - Brian McKnight on the way home after lessons.
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Heddi C. January 16, 2014
Piano
Great music teacher

John has been teaching my son (age 12) piano for the last eight months. We have been really impressed by how knowledgeable he is about a wide range of music and music theory and how patient and supportive he is with our son. John is great at working with kids where they are at and taking them to the next level. He's flexible in his approach and really tailors his teaching to the student. I would recommend John as a teacher to any level of student.
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John S.

John S.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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starting at
$20 / 30-min

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